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Home Soil Testing: Taking a Sample

…ic vegetable garden.”
Home orchard. A general recommendation will be made for common fruit crops grown in Alabama (peaches, plums, pecans, pears, apples, figs, grapes, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries).
Lawn. List the spe…

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Early Developing Peach Varieties Take A Hit

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Early-developing varieties of peaches took a hit from recent freezing temperatures. Some parts of Alabama reached temperatures as low as 21 degrees F between March 4 – 7. Depending on the area and conditions, e…

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The ABCs of Climate Variability

…s due to decreased chill accumulation. The population of annual broadleaf weeds, which are the host for sucking bugs of peaches, might increase.
Reduction or elimination of flowering of subtropical fruits, such as mango, lychee, and long…

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Fruit Culture in Alabama: Winter Chilling Requirements

…GDHs for each hour are totaled over time and can be used to predict the stage of development of the plant. For example, peaches usually require 10,000 to 13,000 GDHs to reach 50 percent bloom stage after rest is satisfied. The combination o…

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Buying, Storing & Preparing Fresh Vegetables

… set it down gently on the counter when checking out.
Be cautious of buying underripe produce. Some produce, such as peaches, cantaloupe, and nectarines, may soften during storage, but they won’t ripen.
Buy cut produce that is refri…

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Make More from the Produce You Grow

…ssue for most 501(c)(3) organizations.

Here is how the deduction calculation works, using a $10.00 basket of peaches as an example.

$10.00 (price of peaches) x 25% = $2.50 (amount used as basis of deduction). This $2.50 figure…

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Alabama Gardening Calendar

…g, planting, pruning, fertilizing, mulching, and indoor plantings.

January
Fruits and Nuts

Set out apples, peaches, pears, and grapes.
Start grafting pecans. Prune dormant trees.
Plant shrubs and trees, including broadlea…

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Drought Management Strategies for Sheep and Goats

…f poisonous plant consumption. The most common toxic chemical is prussic acid (hydrocyanic acid) found in the leaves of peaches, plums, wild cherry, and other stone fruits. Other plants with concentrated levels of nitrate or nitrites are Jo…

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Ways to Save Your Food Dollars

…oing back to the store for a forgotten item.
Plan your meals to use seasonal foods such as oranges in the winter and peaches in the summer.
Check kitchen cabinets and refrigerator when making your grocery list.
Before going to the …

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Meet Body Doc

…y empowering you with super protectors. Think red: watermelon and strawberries. Think yellow and orange: cantaloupe and peaches. Green is great: kiwis and honey dews – and think about purple grapes and blue blueberries. Be sure to eat lot…

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